Pope Francis: A ‘poor Church for the poor’

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Pope Francis. AP FILE PHOTO

VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis on Saturday called for “a poor Church for the poor”, saying he chose his papal name because St Francis of Assisi was “a man of poverty and a man of peace”.

“How I would like a poor Church for the poor!” he said at a meeting with hundreds of journalists from around the world in the Vatican.

Francis described the emotional moments immediately after his election in a secret conclave in the Sistine Chapel on Wednesday.

The Argentinian, formerly Jorge Mario Bergoglio, said he had been sitting next to Brazilian Cardinal Claudio Hummes, the archbishop emeritus of Sao Paulo.

“He hugged me and kissed me and told me not to forget the poor. And that word went in here,” he said, pointing to his head.

“I immediately thought of Francis of Assisi,” he said.

“Francis of Assisi for me is a man of poverty, a man of peace, a man who loved and protected creation. Right now our relations with Creation are not going very well,” he added.

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  • Noel

    First of all, is the Catholic Church a poor church? If it’s a poor church, then it’s not the church for the rich. And assuming that the church now has become poor, the main reason could be the funds being used to settle sex crimes committed by the priests.

    • Jane Tan

      The Church is Dasmarinas Village must not see alot of sex scandals (smarter and richer kids) because it has 24-hr aircon and flatscreen tvs.

  • siegfeil

    Hope the Catholic church will really be church of the poor……..

    • Tyril

      Even though the Pope says this, I doubt the rest of the Church clergy will enact this. Example the priests who were given cars, etc…

      • siegfeil

        In one book I read ‘Faces of Poverty’ it was mentioned that if Christ is alive in this modern times He will not ride in mercedes or limousine cars like many many Cardinals are doing around the world. Simplicity and humility is what Christ will expect. Maybe with Pope Francis examples the the cardinals, bishops, priests will follow all throughout the world….

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